Mosaic Head of an Apostle stone glass and gold leaf Byzantine from the Church of Santa Maria Assunta Torcello Italy made about 1075-1100 CE restored in the 1100s and 1800s. Currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
Since it’s the day of release of the new Harry Potter book “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, it seemed appropriate to feature a British mosaicist and a phoenix. Maggy Howarth is a very wellknown pebble mosaicist and her books are probably the books to read on the subject if you are contemplating doing one of these.
These Phoenix Cobbles are part of the Gateshead Riverside Sculpture Park. Revival is also the theme of the mosaic which shows a phoenix rising from the flames, symbolising Gateshead’s regeneration after a period of industrial decline.
The mosaic (2.5 x 4 metres) is composed of pebbles with ceramic and stainless steel additions. Installed in 1994 as part of an improvement scheme for the historic area around the Toll House.